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Fiction news and analysis from The Nation
August 24, 2017
Mathias Énard’s Alternative Cosmopolitanism
Ranging across the Mediterranean, his novels map out the intermediate space between East and West.
August 9, 2017
The Uncanny World of Deborah Levy
The English novelist is a connoisseur of domestic disturbances.
July 27, 2017
The Impending Crisis
Omar El-Akkad’s debut novel imagines a future America riven by civil war.
Madison Smartt Bell
July 18, 2017
Welcome to 2050. The ‘Climate Monster’ Has Arrived.
Here’s the future for a world that failed to act.
July 17, 2017
The Air We Breathe: A Conversation With Arundhati Roy
The writer discusses her new novel, love, justice, and Indian politics.
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June 27, 2017
Grace Paley’s Crowded World
In her life, as in her writing, the boundaries between the personal and the political were remarkably porous.
June 26, 2017
Percival Everett’s Abstract Art
His new novel,
So Much Blue
, is a meditation on seeing and abstraction, and it might be key for recognizing a new form of literary social critique.
June 1, 2017
J.M. Coetzee’s Essential Protestantism
In his last two novels, Coetzee has tried to recover the scandal and strangeness of early Christianity.
May 10, 2017
What Herman Melville Can Teach Us About the Trump Era
He would point out that what plagues us are the sins of the past coming home to roost: America’s tolerance of bigotry and blindness to its own faults.
May 3, 2017
George Saunders’s Lincoln
The novel ‘
Lincoln in the Bardo’
examines the Civil War as the root of America’s violent past—and as a possible source of empathy that might release us from it.